John Boehner http://www.kunc.org en 'This Isn't Some Damn Game!' Boehner Says http://www.kunc.org/post/isnt-some-damn-game-boehner-says "This isn't some damn game!" House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, just declared, his voice rising, as he told reporters on Capitol Hill that he believes it's the Obama administration that's to blame for the <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/228193176/the-government-shutdown" target="_blank">four-day-old partial shutdown of the federal government</a>.<p>Boehner's emotional moment came as he held up — and then slammed down — a copy of Friday's <em>Wall Street Journal</em>, <a href="http://blogs.marketwatch.com/capitolreport/2013/10/04/white-house-official-were-winning-and-it-doesnt-matter-how-lo Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:24:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 50398 at http://www.kunc.org For Obama And Boehner, No Sign Of Thaw In Frosty Relationship http://www.kunc.org/post/obama-and-boehner-no-sign-thaw-frosty-relationship President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have had five years of fights and negotiations to learn how to work together.<p>The relationship has had ups and downs. Today it's as sour as it's ever been.<p>Even if they had a warm friendship, it might not be enough to solve the government shutdown. But the chilliness doesn't help.<p><strong>'We Get Along Fine'</strong><p>Their relationship has been a constant source of fascination in Washington. Interviewers ask the two men about it all the time. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 09:06:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 50376 at http://www.kunc.org For Obama And Boehner, No Sign Of Thaw In Frosty Relationship Treasury: New Debt Ceiling Fight Could Derail Economy http://www.kunc.org/post/treasury-new-debt-ceiling-fight-could-derail-economy The Treasury Department is issuing a warning of dire economic consequences that could rival the Great Recession if Congress is unable to agree on raising the debt ceiling and the nation defaults on its obligations.<p>Treasury's report, "The Potential Macroeconomic Effect of Debt Ceiling Brinkmanship," comes as Congress is still wrangling over a short-term spending bill to reverse <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/03/228747934/on-day-3-of-shutdown-its-deja-vu-all-over-again">a partial government shutdown that went into effect Tuesday</a>. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 15:28:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 50352 at http://www.kunc.org Treasury: New Debt Ceiling Fight Could Derail Economy On Day 3 Of Shutdown, It's Deja Vu All Over Again http://www.kunc.org/post/day-3-shutdown-its-deja-vu-all-over-again Pick your comparison.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/10/03/228733838/day-3-of-shutdown-both-sides-remain-dug-in" target="_blank">On <em>Morning Edition</em></a>, NPR's Mara Liasson went with a Lewis Carroll reference, saying there was a "down the rabbit hole" sense Wednesday night when congressional leaders and President Obama <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/02/228568286/obama-says-hes-exasperated-by-the-gop" target="_blank">came out of a meeting at the White House</a> to essentially say they'd made no progress and that <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/228193176/the- Thu, 03 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 50344 at http://www.kunc.org On Day 3 Of Shutdown, It's Deja Vu All Over Again Why A Handful Of Hard-Liners Has A Hold On Boehner http://www.kunc.org/post/why-handful-hard-liners-has-hold-boehner To understand House Speaker John Boehner's role in the government shutdown, you have to understand the 30 or so House Republican hard-liners and his relationship with them.<p>It's an uneasy one at best.<p>"Listen, we've got a diverse caucus," was how Boehner put it in mid-September, shortly after the 30 forced him to ditch his original plan for a temporary government funding bill.<p>"Whenever we're trying to put together a plan, we've got 233 members — all of whom have their own plan," he said. "It's tough to get them on the same track. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 09:17:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 50340 at http://www.kunc.org Why A Handful Of Hard-Liners Has A Hold On Boehner